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When starting oral feeding (breast- or bottle feeding)breastfeeding, as with bottle-feeding your baby will probably not be able to feed successfully from the start. start with the oral feed one morning and it will be successful.  Changing from tube feed to oral feeds is a process and it can take some time. takes time.  You will probably start of with one oral feed per day and, the tube feeds for the rest of the day.  The frequency of  with the oral feeds will be increased as soon as your baby is able to tolerate it.your baby can tolerate it.  Remember, your baby is a unique person and cannot be compared with any other the baby next door!  The volume of breastfeeds cannot be measured, therefore it is important that you learn to observe your baby and know read about breastfeeding to learn the signs of a baby that is feeding  well. You will use this guideline when going home where you will not have a scale to weigh your baby after each feed (this method of weighing a baby before and after a feed do not always prove to be effective).

Breastfeeding supports the baby by maintaining appropriate thermoregulation, reducing the risk of infection and guaranteeing optimal nutrition and brain growth. It benefits the mother as well by reducing the separation between mother and child, promoting attachment and reducing fertility.

Advantages of Breastfeeding
Breast milk is the feed of choice, even for preterm infants as it contains all the necessary beneficial fats that a premature baby will need to , which improve brain and eye development.  It also, it contains immune factors, which protect the infant against infections and it protects against food allergies in most cases.  Breastfeeding have advantages for baby and for the mother.  The advantages for the baby include the following:

Advantages for baby

  • Mother's milk contains all the nutrient baby needs, enhancing optimum growth and development
  • It is easily digested and fully absorbed by the immature digestive and excretory systems, causing less colic and diarrhoea and prevents constipation
  • It contains antibodies and living cells, which provide protection and immunity to many infections, such as viral infections - polio and respiratory tract, ear and intestinal infections. Anti-bodies produced by mom are transferred to baby via the breast milk to protect the baby.
  • Breast milk contains unique proteins and fats which stimulate brain development
  • It lowers the risk of allergies, such as eczema and asthma, since breast milk is a natural body fluid and provides protection
  • Less nappy rash and thrush
  • It is constantly available at the right temperature and cannot be contaminated
  • Breast milk cannot be prepared incorrectly
  • Breast feeding promotes proper mouth, jaw and teeth development


Advantages for mom

  • Oxytocin is released when you breastfeed, causing the uterus to contract, minimizing bleeding, decrease infection and returning the uterus to its pre-pregnant state faster
  • A quicker return of the pre-pregnant figure as milk production consumes calories - follow a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle
  • Promotes bonding with your baby, emotional satisfaction and a feeling of well-being
  • Breast feeding decreases risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer
  • It is convenient and readily available, requires less preparation and equipment, and makes socialising and travelling easier
  • Breast feeding is very economical

Chapter seven of Prematurity – Adjusting your Dream explain breastfeeding in detail and give much needed attention to the development of feeding in the preterm infant, the special advantages and adaptations of preterm milk, how to position the premmie for feeding and discuss winding .



When starting oral feeding (breast- or bottle feeding)breastfeeding, as with bottle-feeding your baby will probably not be able to feed successfully from the start. start with the oral feed one morning and it will be successful. Changing from tube feed to oral feeds is a process and it can take some time. takes time. You will probably start of with one oral feed per day and, the tube feeds for the rest of the day. The frequency of with the oral feeds will be increased as soon as your baby is able to tolerate it.your baby can tolerate it. Remember, your baby is a unique person and cannot be compared with any other the baby next door! The volume of breastfeeds cannot be measured, therefore it is important that you learn to observe your baby and know read about breastfeeding to learn the signs of a baby that is feeding well. You will use this guideline when going home where you will not have a scale to weigh your baby after each feed (this method of weighing a baby before and after a feed do not always prove to be effective).

Breastfeeding supports the baby by maintaining appropriate thermoregulation, reducing the risk of infection and guaranteeing optimal nutrition and brain growth. It benefits the mother as well by reducing the separation between mother and child, promoting attachment and reducing fertility.

Advantages of Breastfeeding

Breast milk is the feed of choice, even for preterm infants as it contains all the necessary beneficial fats that a premature baby will need to , which improve brain and eye development. It also, it contains immune factors, which protect the infant against infections and it protects against food allergies in most cases. Breastfeeding have advantages for baby and for the mother. The advantages for the baby include the following:

Advantages for baby

· Mother's milk contains all the nutrient baby needs, enhancing optimum growth and development

· It is easily digested and fully absorbed by the immature digestive and excretory systems, causing less colic and diarrhoea and prevents constipation

· It contains antibodies and living cells, which provide protection and immunity to many infections, such as viral infections - polio and respiratory tract, ear and intestinal infections. Anti-bodies produced by mom are transferred to baby via the breast milk to protect the baby.

· Breast milk contains unique proteins and fats which stimulate brain development

· It lowers the risk of allergies, such as eczema and asthma, since breast milk is a natural body fluid and provides protection

· Less nappy rash and thrush

· It is constantly available at the right temperature and cannot be contaminated

· Breast milk cannot be prepared incorrectly

· Breast feeding promotes proper mouth, jaw and teeth development

· Long-term health benefits include less malnutrition, less obesity and less heart disease in adulthood

· Breastfeeding enhances bonding by the warmth and security of skin to skin contact, eye and voice contact and stimulates the taste and smell senses

Advantages for mom

· Oxytocin is released when you breastfeed, causing the uterus to contract, minimizing bleeding, decrease infection and returning the uterus to its pre-pregnant state faster

· A quicker return of the pre-pregnant figure as milk production consumes calories - follow a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle

· Promotes bonding with your baby, emotional satisfaction and a feeling of well-being

· Breast feeding decreases risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer

· It is convenient and readily available, requires less preparation and equipment, and makes socialising and travelling easier

· Breast feeding is very economical

Chapter sevensix of Prematurity – Adjusting your Dream explain breastfeeding in detail and give much needed attention to the development of feeding in the preterm infant, the special advantages and adaptations of preterm milk, how to position the premmie for feeding and discuss winding .


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